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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

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A multicultural learning environment set in the heart of Barcelona

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Alumni Carolina Collignon on Working as an Emergency Architect in her Native Mexico

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We recently caught up with former student Carolina Collignon (1987), an architect from Guadalajara, Mexico who completed our program in 2017. Since graduating, Carolina has been applying her knowledge of…


From Internship to Full-Time Job with UN-Habitat: An Interview with Alumni Walker Toma

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We recently caught up with former student Walker Toma (1986), a former land use economist from Berkeley, California who completed our program in 2017. After completing his internship with UN-Habitat…


Design for Humanity Summit

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Alumnus of the Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture, Alberto Preato, is a program manager at the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Niger, Visiting Humanitarian Research Fellow at the Institute…


Final Jury 2018 | Master Thesis Presentations

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Once again, our course comes to an end with the presentation of our students’ final theses! Join us May 28-29th when our students will defend their final thesis before a…

"This master was the best combination of practical training and theoretical teaching to help me take the leap from traditional architectural practice into the field of socially responsible design. "

− Chris Kulp, Alumni, USA

"The master has improved consistently in recent years and recruits students that are committed and highly capable. A top program."

− Sergio Palleroni, Professor, Portland State University

"This master's program is a shift of life. It's definitely one of the greatest in the world."

− Nasr Chamma, Alumni, Lebanon

"An exceptional and unique exemplar of good teaching, organization and content."

− Nabeel Hamdi, Professor, Oxford Brookes University